Definition of sufferance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsʌfərəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərəns//
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Word OriginMiddle English (originally referring to the suffering of something bad or unpleasant): from Anglo-Norman French suffraunce, from late Latin sufferentia, from sufferre, from sub- ‘from below’ + ferre ‘to bear’.Idioms
on sufferance
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if you do something on sufferance, somebody allows you to do it although they do not really want you to He's only staying here on sufferance.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sufferance